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    Keith O’Neill = = A what, could have been !

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    20 years since Niall Quinn set a new goalscoring record for Ireland with his 21st international goal in a 4-0 win against Cyprus
    All goals, yellow and red cards tweeted in real time on twitter and facebook

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    20 years ago today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colbert Report View Post
    Wow, I'm no fan of VAR but I just watched both goals in that clip and I can't think of a stronger argument in favour of VAR than those.
    I remember watching that game. We were robbed blind by two terrible decisions. So unlucky in that campaign. We deserved to qualify, and I think we would have done quite well. Irish football history could have a whole different look to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanfhear View Post
    Not that it is possible, but I wouldn’t give todays team a chance against that team !
    Ah I don’t know. They’re al in their 60’s at least, and Tony Grealish is no longer with us, so....... I’d give the current team a fighting chance.

    Edit - forgot, Michael Robinson is also no longer with us, RIP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tetsujin1979 View Post
    20 years ago today
    Oof, those two saves from Given. The second is amazing reaction but I admire the first more, the bravery to come rushing out and then go to the ground, matched with the perfect timing to avoid getting rounded or giving away a penalty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeverFeltBetter View Post
    Oof, those two saves from Given. The second is amazing reaction but I admire the first more, the bravery to come rushing out and then go to the ground, matched with the perfect timing to avoid getting rounded or giving away a penalty.
    If either of those saves had been goals, we would have lost the play off over the two legs. As crucial to the result as the two goals.
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    Ten years today since the play off win in the first leg against Estonia

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    Good Lord.

    The day I bought my last (current) Ireland jersey. One of the mankier efforts of recent years.

    Made it out there but never got a ticket. Good trip though.

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    I was there and I had no idea it was just 0-1 until the 65th min. What a weekend btw

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    Friend of mine flew to Latvia, rented a car, and drove to Tallinn for the game!

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    Yeah, I flew to Riga too (with Bald Student and Student Mullet, late of this forum) but got the bus up instead. It was way cheaper. Flights to Tallinn went through the roof.

    Remember being in the mediaeval bar/restaurant and finding a lost credit card. Picked it up and it said "Stephen McGuinness PFAI". Doubtless legitimate travelling expenses were going on it...

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    I was at a clubs and socs event in (then) NUIM that day. We had the John Hume building to ourselves, and myself and two others took over their massive JH1 lecture theatre to play that game on the projector, which as I recall involved breaking into the lectern.

    I was very apprehensive, but Estonia just fell to pieces.
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    Seeing all the above posts the FAI simply don't deserve us

    we had to fly through Copenhagen and wait for 4 hours in their crap airport paying 14 lids a pint!

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    Five years ago today
    First away win against higher ranked opposition in a competitive international since beating Lithuania in 1997
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    Quote Originally Posted by tetsujin1979 View Post
    Five years ago today
    First win against higher ranked opposition since beating Lithuania in 1997
    How were Lithuania ranked higher than us in 1997? That seems mad to me.

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    How is that 5 years ago! There goes your life hope u enjoyed it

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadloserkid View Post
    How were Lithuania ranked higher than us in 1997? That seems mad to me.
    They had a few decent years around that time, finished third in qualification groups twice in a row. Still seems like a fluke in ranking calculation though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sadloserkid View Post
    How were Lithuania ranked higher than us in 1997? That seems mad to me.
    No idea, but they were

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    We were second seeds anyway and they were third - which would make sense given we'd made the Euro 96 playoffs and the last 16 of the 1994 World Cup, beating them home and away in qualifying for the latter.

    But they had a half-decent 96 campaign (beat Slovenia/Estonia twice, beat Ukraine away, drew with Croatia at home), and had we drawn this match they'd actually have finished ahead of us in the 98 group (assuming the final round results stayed the same)

    So I guess it was our trough (draws v Iceland and Lithuania of course) meeting their peak. Still a bit mad though.

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